Canada’s coach Bev Humphries-Priestman (Canada Soccer, photo)

The Canadians hit the cross bar twice, but in the end couldn’t find twine as Venezuela blanked the girls from the Great White North 2-0 to end Canada’s FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 tournament.

While Canada led with 57% of possession, it struggled to contain one of the world’s young stars in Deyna Castellanos. Both of Venezuela’s goals came from the skilled play of Castellanos, whose game winning first marker, a blazing strike from the top of the box, earned her the top all-time FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup goal scorer title. She also assisted on Venezuela’s second goal when her rifling shot was saved by Canada’s keeper Lysianne Proulx, but the rebound found Moreno who struck it hard into the top corner.

In what was an extremely physical match, with Venezuela picking up four yellow cards and a fifth converted to a red, Canada’s young team learned some important lessons that coach Bev Humphries-Priestman believes will make Canada’s players stronger as they develop and progress towards the Women’s National Team.

Canada women’s program has been working toward creating gritty, offensive and attacking play, something Humphries-Priestman saw in the players at Jordan 2016.

Canada was the only team from CONCACAF to have qualified for every U-17 Women’s World Cup. Canada’s women’s youth will have another shot at earning a FIFA title later this year when Canada plays in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea beginning in November.

– Canada Soccer